Welcome to the Garden of Forking Paths, one of the most intriguing corners in the Libyrinth of Allexamina. Here you will find access to the garden planted by Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine writer, poet and philosopher. Although I tend the garden as well as I can, beware: among these sprawling labyrinths you will find illusions most seductive and truths most elusive. Let me show you around.

Look, here—a beautiful poppy, yes? But some say that it has the power to unravel time. And here? This narcissus-flecked pool? The locals contend that if you gaze into its depths too long, you are in danger of merging with your reflection and losing all sense of Self; for your image becomes that of all men. And there—a gallery of mirrors most enigmatic; and hanging here, by this coin: the skin of a most unusual tiger….

The Garden of Forking Paths is the oldest Borges site on the Web. Long due for an overhaul, the Garden will be revised, repaired, and expanded over the summer and fall of 2019. The links below that are currently active are underlined.

I, unfortunately, am Borges
A brief biography of Jorge Luis Borges, with a timeline and an explanation of historical events that helped shape his writing.

Games with time and infinity
A comprehensive Borges bibliography, with summaries of his major works. Includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and collaborations.

His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.
(Special Features)
A few special features found only at The Garden of Forking Paths.

Any time something is written against me, I not only share the sentiment but feel I could do the job far better myself
A selection of reviews of Borges translations, literary criticism, and Borges-related writing.

Nothing, nothing, my friend; what I have told you: I am not sure of anything, I know nothing
An archive of interviews with Borges.

Whoever reads my words is inventing them
Analysis, biography and criticism: a list of books about Borges and his works.

A collection of quotations from Borges’ works of fiction, nonfiction, and lectures. In another time and place, these are probably recipes, or instructions on how to build a bicycle

Poetry always remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. It remembers that it was first song
Borges on audio and other spoken-word media.

A Film was once called a “biograph”; now we generally say “cinematograph.”
Cinema and documentaries relating to Borges of his work.

Cascades in music, gentlest of all time’s shapes
From pop to classical to tango, this section explores music inspired by Borges.

How easy it would be not to think of a tiger!
An online gallery of Borges images, photographs, and original surreal postcards.

One generation of Tlönists would be enough
(Borges as an Influence)
From magical realists to comic surrealists: artists and writers who have been influenced or inspired by Borges.

The Crimson Hexagon
(Books Borges Never Wrote)
A fictional bookshelf, containing all the volumes Borges never wrote. I give you my word, however, that they are just as valid as the books he did write.

Reality may avoid the obligation to be interesting, but hypothesis may not
(Online Papers)

Links to select papers and essays about Borges and his work.

To refute him is to become contaminated with unreality
(Online Articles)
A collection of links to articles about Borges and his work.

His descendants still seek, nor will they find, the one word that contains the universe
(The Borges Center)
A few words about the best Borges site on the Web, the Borges Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

A translucent network of minimal surprises
(Offsite Links)
More books from the Library of Babel: links to other sites around the Web pertaining to Borges.

There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.
Do you have a question about Borges, this Web site, or the fellow who runs it? Try the Garden of Forking Paths FAQ file first.

How easy it would be not to think of a Quail!
Send email to the Great Quail—comments, suggestions, corrections, criticisms, submissions; all are welcome.

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